Definition of "half" []

  • One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole. (noun)
  • One part approximately equal to the remaining part. (noun)
  • Informal A 50-cent piece. (noun)
  • Sports One of the two playing periods into which certain games are divided. (noun)
  • Sports A halfback. (noun)
  • Either of two equal or corresponding parts that together comprise a whole (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A quantity equalling such a part (noun)
  • Half a pint, esp of beer (noun)
  • A small drink of spirits, esp whisky (noun)
  • The half of the pitch regarded as belonging to one team (noun)
  • An equal score on a hole or round with an opponent (noun)
  • (in various games) either of two periods of play separated by an interval (the first half and second half) (noun)
  • A half-price ticket on a bus, train, etc (noun)
  • A half-year period (noun)
  • Being a half or approximately a half (determiner)
  • (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural) (determiner)
  • Not perfect or complete; partial (adjective)
  • To the amount or extent of a half (adverb)
  • To a great amount or extent (adverb)
  • Partially; to an extent (adverb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "half" in a sentence
  • "Yes Fr Guy's leaving his up until the Baptism of Our Lord..ours are half up..half down!"
  • "'Only half so good, Mr. Kirke,' rejoined the black, showing a set of teeth which a dentist might have used for a door plate; 'only _half_ so good,' case I'se only half white."
  • "What say you, then, to the fact, that whilst the outer half is devoted to an advertisement of Mr Reprint's imitative publications, the _better half_ contains a bold and faithful warning against such piracy!"